Title: Elmer’s Birthday
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  Elmer’s friends are pretending to forget his birthday, but it doesn’t seem to worry Elmer!

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is such a fun story with some brilliant illustrations. One day while Elmer passes by during one of his morning walks, the elephants all decide to play a trick on him. The next day when it’s his birthday the elephants decide that they won’t say “Happy Birthday” to Elmer when they see him. They’ll treat his birthday like any normal day. But will Elmer enjoy the joke and will the other animals get involved in the trick?

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‘Elmer’s Birthday’ in paperback is wider than A4 in size and is filled with thick glossy pages of text and very colourful illustrations. I love how this story goes and all the wonderful pictures. The elephants want to play their joke on Elmer the next day, during his birthday, and get all the other animals involved in the joke. They ask the animals in turn if they will play along with the trick, but each of the animals is unsure. The animals try to voice their concerns, even some of Elmer’s colourful family members try to say “But…”, however the elephants convince each of them to play along with the surprise. The story is simple but has some wonderful repetition which children will just love and a brilliant twist at the end!

I love how this tale goes. Elmer goes on his walk and is nearby when the animals are discussing playing a trick on him, but he’s so happy he doesn’t seem to notice what the others are saying or planning. When it eventually comes to the day of Elmer’s birthday everyone plays along with the trick and pretends to not remember that it’s his birthday. But something strange happens and things don’t quite work out the way the elephants had hoped. The story is very fun and funny with a brilliant twist at the end which I just loved. Elmer’s happy attitude is just perfect and this book just made me smile so much after reading it.

The illustrations are what really make Elmer books so special. I just love the style that David McKee uses. The pictures all look so colourful, with so many lovely shapes and fun looking things to look at like the trees in the background. As for the animals they all have wonderful expressions. I just love the way they look, especially Elmer and the very colourful patterned elephants that are part of his family! The pictures really make this a fun book to look at again and again, and I wouldn’t be surprised if children would love to read this book for the pictures alone, especially the fun image of something that is patterned on the last page of the story, though I don’t want to say what it is as it would spoil the ending!

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This is such a fun book and it’s a great addition to the Elmer series. I enjoyed what happened when the elephants tried to play their trick on Elmer and how things didn’t work out as planned but worked out anyway. This story just puts such a smile on your face, will make you laugh and I’m sure plenty of children, and adults, will love looking at this book again and again!


What do you think of this book?  Have you read any books in the Elmer series?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂

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